WARREN, Ohio (AP) - A 30-year-old northeast Ohio man who already has spent most of his adult life behind bars has been sentenced to death for a fatally shooting a man during a robbery in September 2012.
Judge Andrew Logan on Wednesday affirmed the death penalty recommendation made by a jury last week for David Martin. The same Trumbull County jury convicted Martin of aggravated murder and other crimes two weeks ago in the slaying of 21-year-old Jeremy Cole of Warren.
Police believe Martin shot Cole in the head during a home-invasion robbery attempt at Cole’s home. A woman who lived at the home, Melissa Putnam, was shot in the hand and neck but was released from the hospital a few days after the shooting.
Putnam served as a key witness in the trial.
Martin, of Cleveland, has been out of prison for less than a year since getting arrested for his first adult felony in July 2001. He currently is serving a federal prison sentence for selling an assault rifle to an undercover agent.
Martin yawned and did not speak during his sentencing in a Warren courtroom, but he apologized at the end of the trial.
“The death penalty is the ultimate penalty for the ultimate crime, and he deserves it,” prosecutor Chris Becker said after the sentencing.
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